Jeffrey Levin-Scherz

Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management

Department of Health Policy and Management

Jeff is the Population Health Leader of the North American Health Management practice of Willis Towers Watson, a global human resources consultancy.  In this role, he leads development of intellectual capital and provides consultation to large employers to guide them in making strategic investments in the health and wellness of their employees.  He helps clients evaluate and procure care management programs, develop incentives to improve health and lower health care costs, implement technology to improve care management, and evaluate and act upon provider variation in health care delivery.

He has previously served in leadership roles in health care delivery, including Chief Medical Officer of the network division of Partners HealthCare (now Mass General Brigham) in Boston, the Chief Medical Officer of the multispecialty group Atrius Health and the Chief Medical Officer of One Medical Group, an innovative national technology-enabled primary care practice.  He was also the President of a 400-physician independent practice association.  He served as a Vice President and co-led provider strategy at Tufts Health Plan, and he served as a consultant with Reden and Anders.

Jeff is an Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he taught a course on Managed Care Policy Issues since 2003, and has taught Provider Payment in the Masters in Health Care Management Program since 2008.  He graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, MA.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He completed his MBA at Columbia University.



  1. Levin-Scherz J, Patrick JD, Weber FH, Garabedian C Acute Arsenic Ingestion Ann Emerg Med 1987, 16 (6) 702-4
  2. Levin-Scherz J. Will disruptive innovations cure health care? Harv Bus Rev. 2001;79(2):150-1.
  3. Schmidt C, Mohr A, Moller J, Levin-Scherz J, HellerM. [Radiology in managed care environment: opportunities for cost savings in an HMO]. Rofo. 2003;175(9):1198-206 (German).
  4. Levin-Scherz J. Disseminating health care innovation. JAMA. 2003;290(11):1454-5.
  5. Levin-Scherz J. Asthma disease management: regression to the mean or better? Am J Manag Care. 2005;11(3):134,136.
  6. Levin-Scherz JK. Disease management will suffer if providers remain on the sidelines. Dis Manag. 2005;8(4):199-204.
  7. de Brantes F, Gosfield AG, McGlynn E, Rosenthal M, Levin-Scherz J. Clinical practice guidelines for older patients with comorbid diseases. JAMA. 2005;294(6):716-24.
  8. Levin-Scherz J, DeVita N, Timbie J. Impact of pay-for-performance contracts and network registry on diabetes and asthma HEDIS(R) measures in an integrated delivery network. Med Care Res Rev. 2006; 63(1):14S-28S.
  9. Levin-Scherz, J. “Collaborating to improve the quality of health care”. Boston Business Journal. 2006 Mar 3;Sect. Editorial (col. 1).
  10. Levin-Scherz, J Levine, H “Ethical guidelines for employee behavior change” Health Aff (Millwood) 28:1554, 2009
  11. Levin-Scherz, J “The Care of The Uninsured in America” JAMA 303: 2414 , 2010 (Book review)
  12. Levin-Scherz, J “Next Medicine: The Science and Civics of Health” JAMA 305: 1244,2011 (Book review)
  13. Levin-Scherz, J “What drives high health care costs and how to fight back” Harv Bus Rev 88:72, 2010
  14. Wrobel, E, Levin-Scherz, J. “US Health Care Reform” Captive Review 2010 (12):44
  15. Zimlichman, E, Levin-Scherz, J “The Coming Age of Disruptive Innovation in Health Care J Gen Intern Med 2013 Jan 18.
  16. Delbanco, S, Najigal, M, Levin-Scherz, J “The Payment Reform Landscape: Maternity Progress and Stagnation” Health Affairs Blog, September 30, 2016
  17. Davenport TO, Levin-Scherz J. Employers Use Stress Diagnostics to Define Strategy and Guide Action. Benefits Q. 2017;33(1):28-32.
  18. Bremen, J, Jesuthasan, R, Levin-Scherz, J “Five Ways COVID-19 Will Forever Change Work” World at Work, May 15, 2020
  19. Levin-Scherz, J and Allen, D “8 Questions Employers Should Ask About Reopening” Harvard Business Review digital publication May 28, 2020
  20. Levin-Scherz, J, Noblick, J and Jones, JH, “How behavioral economics can help employers respond to COVID-19” Human Resources Executive, May, 2020
  21. Levin-Scherz, J, Jesuthasan, R, Bremen, J “Should CEOs be in the Office Now?” Chief Executive Magazine, June 18, 2020
  22. Levin-Scherz, J and Parson, T “The Paradox of Medical Costs During the Pandemic”, June 30, 2020
  23. Levin-Scherz, J, Blumenfield, S, Stone, J “7 Ways COVID-19 Will Transform Health Care” October 14, 2020
  24. Levin-Scherz, J and Stone, J “Charting a New Course: Implications of the Pandemic for Health Plan Sponsors” Benefits Magazine, November 2020 [Link]
  25. Levin-Scherz, J “Strategies to Encourage Employees to Get COVID Vaccines” HR Executive, December 21, 2020
  26. Levin-Scherz, J, Ostrovsky, A, Barkett, J “What Health Reform May Mean For Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance” Chief Executive, February 26, 2021
  27. Jones, JH, Levin-Scherz, J, and Noblick, J “How Employers Can Reduce Vaccine Hesitancy” Harvard Business Review March 2, 2021
  28. Levin-Scherz, J, Silver, A, and Nordquist, S “Evaluating New Health Plan Designs”, March 24, 2021
  29. Levin-Scherz, J and Chang, C “Offer Time (Not Money) to Encourage COVID Vaccinations” May 12, 2021
  30. Reinberg, J, Xarras, M, Levin-Scherz, J “What HR Can Do to Support ‘Long Haul’ COVID Survivors”, May 21, 2021
  31. Levin-Scherz, J and Jensen, J “Ten Steps for Providers Considering Direct-to-Employer Contracts” Managed Healthcare Executive, June 29, 2021
  32. Levin-Scherz, J and Toro, P “Seven Tips for Returning Employees Safely to the Workplace” Chief, July 22, 2021
  33. Levin-Scherz, J and Shutler, G “Six Steps to Encourage Employees to Use Preventive Care” July, 30 2021
  34. Levin-Scherz, J and Toro, P “The Delta Variant: How Companies Should Respond”, Harvard Business Review July 27, 2021
  35. Blumenfield, S and Levin-Scherz J “Optimize Your Post-Pandemic Digital Health Care Options” Workspan World at Work August 4, 2021
  36. Levin-Scherz, J and Stone J “Employers Should Think Twice About Using Premium Surcharges to Boost Vaccination”, August 24, 2021
  37. Levin-Scherz, J and Orszag, M “Should Your Company Implement a Vaccine Mandate?” Harvard Business Review, September 9, 2021
  38. Pany, M, Chernew ME, de Brantes, F, Levin-Scherz, JK, Fendrick, AM “Aligning plan design and payment reform to improve quality, enhance equity, and promote value” Signify Health, September, 2021
  39. Toro, P, Sell, C and Levin-Scherz, J “Seven Critical Questions to Consider As you Build Your Vaccine Policy” Human Resource Executive, October 19, 2021
  40. Levin-Scherz, J “CEOs Should Carefully Evaluate Risks as They Weigh Vaccine Mandates” Chief, October 20, 2021
  41. Levin-Scherz, J and Toro, P “The Omicron Variant; How Companies Should Respond” Harvard Business Review, December 3, 2021
  42. Levin-Scherz, J “7 ways to improve the effectiveness of vaccine surcharges” Human Resources Executive, January 6, 2022
  43. Levin-Scherz, J, Toro, P and Becker, S “Planning to resume business travel? Here’s what you need to know” Chief February 16, 2022
  44. Sherman, S, Jones, JH, Levin-Scherz, J “8 ways behavioral economics can drive mental healthcare adoption” Human Resources Executive February 17, 2022
  45. Becker, S, Toro, P, and Levin-Scherz, J “6 considerations to help employers address the rising prevalence of long COVID” Benefits Pro, March 14, 2022
  46. Levin-Scherz, J and Nyce, Steve “Employers Face a Polarized Workforce as They Address COVID-19 Risks” Willis Towers Watson, March 22, 2022
  47. Levin-Scherz, J “8 reasons why health care cost inflation is likely to escalate” The Hill, April 2, 2022
  48. Toro, P, Levin-Scherz, J, Bremen JM “Prepare your company for the next COVID wave,” Harvard Business Review May 12, 2022
  49. Levin-Scherz, J, Ostrovsky, A “10 tips for vendors seeking to create or expand digital health and virtual health solutions” StatNews July 20, 2022 that this article is behind a paywall; you can read with a free trial subscription)
  50. Levin-Scherz, J and McCann, RK “7 questions for employers after “Roe” was overturned” July 21, 2022 WTW
  51. Levin-Scherz, J, Toro, P, Becker, S, Alexander M “What Employers Need to Know About Monkeypox” August 18, 2022, Harvard Business Review

Other Affiliations

Chief Medical Officer, One Medical Group (2012-13) Chief Medical Officer, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Atrius Health (2007-2008), Chief Medical Officer, Partners Community HealthCare, Inc (2004-2007), Associate Clinical Professor, Tufts Medical School (1997-2005)